A dozen California-born players are among the 156 players in the U.S. Open field this week. NBC golf analyst and past U.S. Open champ Johnny Miller, born in San Francisco, thinks one of his native Californians will claim the title on Sunday.
"I see this U.S. Open probably going to a Californian," Miller told one of the local newspapers. "There's a better than 50 percent chance that it's going to be a Californian."
Of course, Miller isn't going all that far out on a limb considering the top two players in the world, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, were born in California.
Still, the point is that Californians should know how to play California courses, particularly the state's most famous course, Pebble Beach. -- Mike McAllister
CALIFORNIA-BORN PLAYERS IN THE 110TH U.S. OPEN
|Rich Barcelo||Long Beach|
|Joseph Bramlett (amateur)||Stanford|
|Jason Gore||Van Nuys|
|Paul Goydos||Long Beach|
|Phil Mickelson||San Diego|
|Jason Preeo||San Jose|
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